Archive | South Asia

MEPs question EU policy on caste issue

A discussion in the European Parliament’s Development Committee on 8 July focused on the need for an EU policy on caste discrimination. MEPs believe that this serious human rights problem warrants EU priority action and are preparing a resolution on the issue.

July 9th, 2013|European Union, South Asia, Yemen|

Dalit women raise their voices in the UN

Nine Dalit women activists from South Asia attended the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last week. Members of the group spoke at a side event on Dalit women on 4 June, and they appealed to UN member states to address their situation.

June 10th, 2013|Bangladesh, Dalit Women, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Asia, United Nations|

Take action to improve conditions for Dalit women

Women and girls facing caste-based discrimination need special protections (Press release from Human Rights Watch, IMADR, Minority Rights Group International and IDSN)

June 7th, 2013|Dalit Women, India, South Asia, United Nations|

Pillay pledges support for Dalit women

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has reiterated her commitment to ending caste discrimination. In a statement to a UN side event on Dalit women, she also called on UN member states to address the issue.

June 5th, 2013|Bangladesh, Dalit Women, India, Nepal, South Asia, United Nations|

UN experts speak out on caste issue

Seven UN Special Procedures mandate holders have issued a powerful media statement, focusing on the violence and discrimination suffered by the world’s ‘untouchables’, particularly the Dalits of South Asia.

May 24th, 2013|Nepal, South Asia, United Nations|

MRG: End violence against Dalit women

It is time for comprehensive action to end violence against Dalit women and girls, says Minority Rights Group International on International Women’s Day. The full statement follows here.

March 8th, 2013|Dalit Women, India, Nepal, South Asia|

Norway’s Minister for International Development speaks out against caste discrimination

In a statement in a leading Norwegian newspaper the Minister for International Development speaks out strongly against caste discrimination and urges international involvement in the issue.

April 16th, 2012|South Asia|

Dalit human rights defenders need urgent protection says UN expert at UN Side-event

The UN Expert on Human Rights Defenders, Ms. Margaret Sekaggya, spoke out against the unacceptable situation faced by those defending Dalit human rights in South Asia, at a UN side-event, held on March 9th in Geneva, where panellists also included Dalit human rights defenders from several caste-affected countries in the region.

March 13th, 2012|Access to justice, South Asia|

Groundbreaking new photo book on Dalits in Asia by award winning photographer Jakob Carlsen

’Outcast’ – the repressed people of Asia', released in May 2011, depicts the destitution, injustice, poverty and exclusion suffered by hundreds of millions of people in South Asia, as well as small glimmers of hope and empowerment. The photographs and stories about Dalits in Asia were collected by the Danish photographer Jakob Carlsen, over several trips to the region. It is a haunting read, presenting images of a human rights situation so dire you cannot help but reflect on how this could still be taking place in the 21st century.

June 7th, 2011|South Asia|

IDSN on YouTube

IDSN have launched a YouTube Channel on